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Objective of Information Technology for Interactive Learning

 

The use of information technology (IT) is prevalent in every facet of life. Its exponential growth has enhanced learning and teaching. The goal of using IT in teaching is not to present the learning content in class, but to promote interactive learning and increase learning effectiveness. The document “IT Learning Targets” has described the IT knowledge, skills and attitudes that all students are expected to achieve at different key stages of learning, which include the generic skills that are transferable to the workplace and conducive to life-long learning.

 
IT enables students to explore and collect information from the Internet, and to learn how to search, process, evaluate and use information to solve problems. The application of IT in education, as an open learning mode, promotes interaction between students and teachers. Digital networks broaden students’ horizons and enhance their abilities to communicate, collaborate and construct knowledge. The use of IT enhances the learner-centred learning approach and has a positive impact on students’ learning interest and learning effectiveness as well as their development of learner independence, which are all conducive to cultivating life-long learning and learning to learn capabilities.

 

Way forward of Information Technology for Interactive Learning

 

Schools need to provide a suitable learning environment and a coherent IT curriculum for students to attain the IT learning targets at different key stages of learning. Teachers have to ensure that when IT is used as a tool for learning and teaching, it is linked to clear learning goals, learning targets and objectives of the Key Learning Areas and other contexts. It could help to enhance the efficiency and effectiveness of learning and teaching. Collaboration between different subject teachers could provide adequate learning opportunities for students to apply IT appropriately to consolidate their learning of the curriculum content.